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									Arnie wants Mexican border closed (Thu 21 Apr, 2005)
BNE: Arnold Schwarzenegger is in hot water again for comments he made about closing
the American border with Mexico. He was answering reporters’ questions at a newspaper
convention when he said he wanted the USA to “close the borders…all across Mexico” to
stop illegal immigration. He said the border was too easy to cross and that tougher
measures were needed to stop people crossing illegally: “It is just unfair to have all those
people coming across and have the border open the way it is.” His press secretary was
quick to understand Arnie was making a big mistake. She immediately jumped to his
rescue and stopped Arnie from saying anything else that might damage his career. She
explained that what Governor Schwarzenegger really meant was that he wants the
borders to be better policed, not closed: “He wants to make sure that our borders are
secured so that we don't have illegal entry.”

WARM UPS
1. CHAT: Talk in pairs or groups about: Arnold Schwarzenegger / hot water / borders /
immigration / illegal immigration / Mexico / tough measures / big mistakes… For more
conversation, change topics and partners frequently.
2. MEXICO BRAINSTORM: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words
you associate with Mexico. Share your words with your partner / group and talk about
them.
3. MY COUNTRY’S BORDERS: In pairs / groups, write down the names of the
countries that share borders with your own country (if your country is an island, write
down the nearest neighbours). Talk about those neighbours. Have relations always been
good? Are there any border problems now? Is illegal immigration a problem? Is it easy to
cross the borders? Should they be sealed?
4. 2-MINUTE DEBATES: Face each other in pairs and engage in the following fun 2-
minute debates based on the article. Students A take the first argument, students B the
second. Rotate pairs to ensure a lively pace and noise level is kept:
    a.   Arnie is a great actor. vs. He’s terrible. His movies are stupid.
    b.   The Canadian border should be closed too. vs. Don’t be ridiculous.
    c.   Illegal immigrants are criminals. vs. That’s a racist comment.
    d.   America should ban all immigration and tourism. vs. America still needs
         immigrants.
    e.   Arnie should become US President. vs. That would be a disaster.
    f.   Arnie was an immigrant. How can he say such things? vs. He cares about
         America.
    g.   Arnie is a great politician. vs. Arnie is just a dumb celebrity.
    h.   My country needs someone strong like Arnie. vs. No thank you.
    i.   Immigration is good. vs. Immigration is bad.
5. EMIGRATING: In pairs / groups, talk about the countries you would consider
emigrating to. Explain the reasons why. Talk about which countries you would not want
to live in and why you wouldn't want to live there.


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PRE-READING IDEAS
1. WORD SEARCH: Use your dictionary / computer to find word partners (collocates),
other meanings, synonyms or more information on the words ‘illegal’ and ‘immigration’.

2. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are
true or false:
    a. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes taking hot baths in Mexico. T / F
    b. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants the USA-Mexico border closed. T / F
    c. He wants the borders closed to stop drug trafficking. T / F
    d. Arnie’s press secretary quickly understood he was making a big mistake. T / F
    e. Arnie’s press secretary immediately jumped to his rescue. T / F
    f. Arnie meant to say he wants the borders better policed. T / F

3. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:
(a)      hot water                                      conference
(b)      comments                                       policies
(c)      convention                                     big trouble
(d)      illegal                                        aid
(e)      measures                                       wanted to say
(f)      rescue                                         unlawful
(g)      meant                                          safe
(h)      secured                                        remarks
4. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more
than one combination is possible):
(a)      Arnold Schwarzenegger is in hot            immigration
(b)      the American                               too easy to cross
(c)      illegal                                    mistake
(d)      He said the border was                     water
(e)      tougher                                    rescue
(f)      big                                        measures
(g)      jumped to his                              entry
(h)      illegal                                    border with Mexico

WHILE READING ACTIVITIES
1. BEST WORD: There are four sets of words in italics in the article. Choose the word
in each set that best fits.

Arnie wants Mexican border closed
BNE: Arnold Schwarzenegger is in hot / freezing / boiling water again for comments he
made about closing the American border with Mexico. He was answering reporters’
questions at a newspaper convention when he said he wanted the USA to “close the

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borders…all across Mexico” to stop illegal immigration. He said the border was too easy
to cross and that tougher measures were needed to stop people crossing illegally: “It is
just wonderful / unfair / fair to have all those people coming across and have the border
open the way it is.” His press secretary was quick to understand Arnie was making a big
mistake. She immediately fell / jumped / bounced to his rescue and stopped Arnie from
saying anything else that might damage his career. She explained that what Governor
Schwarzenegger really meant was that he wants the borders to be better policed / staffed /
manned, not closed: “He wants to make sure that our borders are secured so that we don't
have illegal entry.”

2. TRUE/FALSE: Check your answers to the T/F exercise.
3. SYNONYMS: Check your answers to the synonyms exercise.
4. PHRASE MATCH: Check your answers to the phrase match exercise.
5. QUESTIONS: Make notes for questions you would like to ask the class about the
article.
6. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown
words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

POST READING IDEAS
1. BEST WORD: Check your answers to this exercise.
2. QUESTIONS: Ask the discussion questions you thought of above to your partner /
group / class. Pool the questions for everyone to share.
3. VOCABULARY: As a class, go over the vocabulary students circled above.
4. STUDENT-GENERATED SURVEY: In pairs/groups write down 3 questions based
on the article. Each student surveys class members independently and reports back to
their original partner/ group to compare their findings.
5. ‘ILLEGAL’ / ‘IMMIGRATION’: Make questions based on your findings from pre-
reading activity #1. Ask your partner / group your questions.
6. DISCUSSION:
    a.   What’s your first thought when you see an Arnold Schwarzenegger headline?
    b.   Was there anything in this story that made you angry?
    c.   Did you agree with anything you read?
    d.   What do you think of Arnie?
    e.   What do you think of the American dream?
    f.   What do you think of Mexicans illegally crossing America’s borders?
    g.   Do bad actors make good politicians?
    h.   Do you like Schwarzenegger movies?
    i.   Are Arnold Schwarzenegger’s views dangerous?
    j.   Is illegal immigration a problem in your country?
    k.   Are you happy with the immigration policies in your country?
    l.   What problems do illegal immigrants bring?
    m.   What are the good things about immigration?
    n.   Are illegal immigrants needed to do work?
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    o.    What should happen to illegal immigrants if they are caught?
    p.    What do you think of a world without borders?
    q.    Would you like to emigrate to another country?
    r.    Have you ever worked illegally in another country?
    s.    Have you ever jumped to someone’s rescue?
    t.    Did you like this discussion?
    u.    Teacher / Student additional questions.
7. CAREER HISTORY: What kind of experience is best to become a politician? Arnold
Schwarzenegger was a world bodybuilding champion and movie actor.
From the list below, decide which careers provide the best training to become a
politician. Give a score from 1 (poor training) to 10 (excellent training) for each job. In
pairs / groups, compare scores and discuss which skills from each job would be useful for
a politician.
JOB                  SCORE         USEFUL SKILLS

actor
lawyer
farmer
police officer
journalist
engineer
bank clerk
soldier
teacher
company CEO


8. IMMIGRATION POLICY: You are an immigration officer responsible for what
kind of people can come and live in your country. In pairs/groups, (1) Agree on the rules
for these points:
The number of immigrants that can come to your country every year.
The reasons for wanting to come to your country.
The kind of skills and qualifications your country needs.
The amount of money the immigrant has.
The number of family members the immigrant wants to bring to your country.
The language ability of the immigrant.
The age of immigrant
Other

(2) Present your ideas to the rest of the class. The other students may ask you questions.
The students watching the presentation should take notes on the ideas and appraise them.


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(3) Change partners and talk about the ideas you heard – were they good ideas or bad
ideas? (4) Vote for the best / worst ideas.

The following assessment sheet might be useful when (please resize):


                                    IMMIGRATION RULES

Team #                 Rule                        My opinion                   My questions




HOMEWORK
1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a
dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more
associations / collocations of each word.
2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find information on Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Share your findings with your class next lesson.
3. IMMIGRANT PROFILE Create a profile of the kind of immigrant you would like to
live in your country. Compare your profile with other students in your next class.
4. LETTER: Write a letter to Arnold Schwarzenegger explaining what you think of his
comments to shut the US-Mexican border. Read your letter in your next class.

ANSWERS
TRUE / FALSE:
  a. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes taking hot baths in Mexico. F
  b. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants the USA-Mexico border closed. T
  c. He wants the borders closed to stop drug trafficking. F
  d. Arnie’s press secretary quickly understood he was making a big mistake. T
  e. Arnie’s press secretary immediately jumped to his rescue. T
  f. Arnie meant to say he wants the borders better policed. T

SYNONYM MATCH:
(a)      hot water                                      big trouble
(b)      comments                                       remarks
(c)      convention                                     conference
(d)      illegal                                        unlawful
(e)      measures                                       policies
(f)      rescue                                         aid
(g)      meant                                          wanted to say
(h)      secured                                        safe
PHRASE MATCH:

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(a)      Arnold Schwarzenegger is in hot            water
(b)      the American                               border with Mexico
(c)      illegal                                    immigration
(d)      He said the border was                     too easy to cross
(e)      tougher                                    measures
(f)      big                                        mistake
(g)      jumped to his                              rescue
(h)      illegal                                    entry


BEST WORD:

Arnie wants Mexican border closed
BNE: Arnold Schwarzenegger is in hot water again for comments he made about closing
the American border with Mexico. He was answering reporters’ questions at a newspaper
convention when he said he wanted the USA to “close the borders…all across Mexico” to
stop illegal immigration. He said the border was too easy to cross and that tougher
measures were needed to stop people crossing illegally: “It is just unfair to have all those
people coming across and have the border open the way it is.” His press secretary was
quick to understand Arnie was making a big mistake. She immediately jumped to his
rescue and stopped Arnie from saying anything else that might damage his career. She
explained that what Governor Schwarzenegger really meant was that he wants the
borders to be better policed, not closed: “He wants to make sure that our borders are
secured so that we don't have illegal entry.”




Find this and similar lessons and plans at http://www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com

								
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